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Eagles QB Jalen Hurts’ words you don’t want to hear

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts' words you don't want to hear

The Eagles 5-0 for only the third time in franchise history and the first time since 2004.

Just don’t tell Galen Hurtz.

“Personally, I hate hearing 5-0,” Hurts said Sunday night. “I don’t like hearing it. Because nobody wanted to mention the record when we were 2-5. Nobody wanted to talk about it. So I don’t want to hear it now. I don’t want to hear it now.

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“Can we come in here and control the things we can do, attack every day and grow and climb? That’s what matters. The process. Nothing else.”

Of course everyone mentioned the record when the Eagles were 2-5 months old last year, but since then they’ve been 12-2 in meaningful regular season games, and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL heading into week six.

It doesn’t hurt to hear it. He’s not one to take arcs 29 percent of the way through the season.

This is who it was. He’s never satisfied, he’s never satisfied, and even if he goes 50-for-50 with 50 touchdown passes, he’ll find something he didn’t do well.

Hurts knows that as captain, captain and quarterback, his message is heard by everyone in this locker room. And if his message now is not to think about that 5-0 record, you’d better think that passes.

“We’re going to enjoy this because winning isn’t easy,” he said after the Eagles beat the cards at State Farm. “Winning is hard. You win it every week. We put a lot of work into this every week and just want to go out and play to the standards we set for ourselves. That’s just our competitive nature. I own.”

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The Eagles are 5-0 but they haven’t really played a full match yet. They still scored just 29 points after the break – their third lowest in the league – and only scored one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The mark of a good team is to win despite not playing a perfect match. On Sunday, the Eagles didn’t do anything particularly well — except kick the ball — but they still won a road game over a dangerous opponent with the Pro Bowl quarterback twice.

That’s how it goes when you’re the only team undefeated in the league. You have the bull’s-eye on your back, and the Eagles learn on Sunday.

“I think we’ll get the best of everyone,” Hurts said. “We are going to play a lot of good football this year and we have to be ready for the challenges ahead. We are a really good football team, and we are still growing. We are still learning. We haven’t played our best yet so it is just a lot to learn from.

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“A lot of respect for (the cards). We have to learn from him and we will and we are thirsty for him.”

The Cowboys are coming to town this weekend for a national television game, they’ve won four straight games under Cooper Rush and seven of their last nine encounters with the Eagles, and the top spot in the NFC East will be on the line.

So they learn better quickly because other sub-par performance probably won’t be good enough.

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